Alleged in a lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Philadelphia, St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Cos. routinely adds extra water to its finished products to produce malt beverages with significantly less alcohol content than displayed on its labels. Similar lawsuits were filed in federal courts in New Jersey and San Francisco as well.
According to the Complaint, Anheuser-Busch is violating state statutes on consumer protection by overcharging their customers for watered-down beer, and they are unjustly enriched by the additional volume that they can sell.
The complaints accuse the AB InBev unit of also mislabeling the amount of alcohol in Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum, Michelob, King Cobra, Busch Ice, Black Crown, Bud Light Lime, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, Natural Ice and Michelob Ultra.
It is unclear in the complaints how the plaintiffs determined the alcohol content was less than stated, but it has been said that the complaints are based on information from former workers at some of the company’s 13 U.S. breweries.
Not surprising, the company’s vice president of brewing and supply has stated that the claims filed against Anheuser-Busch are completely false. Honestly, gun to my head and I have no information about this, I’m inclined to believe them. I’m not a huge fan of these type of class action suits anyway but I’m particularly not impressed with “I did not get enough alcohol” claims. Your beer is not strong enough for you? Drink another one.